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Deviant Dale's IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Deviant Dale's IPADeviant Dale's IPA

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2,306 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2306
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-16-2011)
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Photo of eric5bellies


3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from my Duvel pilsen

A - Pours a clear dark honey colour, classic IPA, with a nice off white head that retains very well.

S - Heaps of perfumed grapefruit and hop

T - Up front some nice hop flavours, with the grapefruit and malt kicking in after, The malt lingers on the tongue, with some orange peel. The finish is balanced.

M - Medium mouth feel and low to med carbonation.

O - A solid IPA without being anything special. These hop driven beers just all blend into one for me and its very rare to find anything different.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 10:48:26 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of tmm313


4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber color. Poured a thick, creamy, sticky 2 finger head.
S- Orange, grapefruit, pine, caramel, a touch of lemon, pepper and booze. Actually felt warmth in my nostrils after smelling.
T- Sweet orange up front, followed by nice caramel, pine, pepper, grapefruit, and citrus rind. Malt back bone is present from beginning to end, supplying an awesome base to the other flavors. Ever so slight booze that tastes more like peppery spices than alcohol.
M- Smooth and silky. Lighter side of medium body. Oily and drying.
O- This is a good beer. The flavors blend very well, yet stay sort of separate... Nicely balanced. One of the sweetest IPAs I've ever had AND one of the most bitter at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 00:41:09 | More by tmm313
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big off white head resists the urge to fall to fast leaving the edges of the glass lined with with lacing above a clear bright orange copper colored beer.

Big aroma of citrus hops with some floral and pine aspects, and some light sweet caramel malts coming through as well.

Citrus and pine style hops bring with it some light spiciness and equally as much light roasted caramel malts in the taste that borders on having a touch of alcohol coming through also.

A drying aftertaste that seems to be on the verge of some bitterness with a bit of the malts and citrus hops lingering behind with this medium bodied drink, makes me wanna grab another one.

As a side note my glass has about a third left and the head has finally settled to a biscuity island floating above the India Pale Ale Ocean.

Serving type: can

11-12-2013 23:23:07 | More by LXIXME
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a perfect two finger head with great lacing. CLoudy orange color that gets less cloudy with time.

Smell is of citrus hops. Man is this pungent. Invites me and beckons me. Just a bit of fusels underneath... I think this is a good border of IPA/DIPA like Dale's is PA/IPA.

Taste is very bitter with some decent hop flavoring. Just a touch of caramel malt sweetness to balance but not detract. Just a bit of alcohol bite on the tongue that detracts just slightly. It's not masked as well as it could potentially be masked.

Mouthfeel is full. Carbonation is perfect. Might have a tiny bit more residual sugars for this ABV.

Overall this is a great sort of hybrid IPA/DIPA style. Everyone should try it.

Serving type: can

11-10-2013 13:19:30 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy yet somewhat clear amber/red body with a two and a half finger white foamy head that dies after a minute leaving a decent amount of foamy clingy lacing

S: caramel, somewhat floral hoppiness, slighty piney

T: bittersweet, slight caramel, dry malty/piney aftertaste, super dry finish

M: medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation seems to be a smoother than most AIPA's I've had (I wish I knew how old this is)

O: uh... honestly, this is just another AIPA to add into the mix of AIPA's, this isn't anything special to me. I'm still waiting to be impressed by Oskar Blues, hey guys its taking you awhile...

Serving type: can

10-22-2013 10:24:26 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Beerdanza


4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a can, of course. I always thought cans meant bad beer, but that is not true. Cans do a fine job of protecting the beer, and Oskar Blues has some of the finest beer I've ever had.

Anyway, pours cloudy amber, just like an India Pale Ale should. Nice three finger head that slowly dissipates and leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass. Smells like flowers and caramel. Really awesome.

The taste is outstanding. Nice bitter hops, combined with sweet caramel. Mouth feel is thick and indulgent. One of the best pale ales I've ever had. That caramel flavor is like nothing I've ever had. It's like beer candy. I'm totally impressed with Oskar Blues, and will be sampling all they have to offer.

Serving type: can

10-20-2013 00:59:18 | More by Beerdanza
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Alberta (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, thanks be to Mike from the Beer Diaries for the sample from his four-pack! Memories of sippin' tall boys around the hotel in Littleton abound right now! Colorado sure does love its cans.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with four fingers of obviously foamy, frothy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves a solid array of weirdly webbed lace around the glass as things slowly ebb away.

It smells of acrid orange and grapefruit pith, sharply biscuity caramel and toffee malt, a hint of white pepper, and leafy, grassy, and pine resin hops. The taste is creamed caramel malt, a lingering sense of toffee sweetness and buttered breadiness, muted bitter citrus and pine notes, a bit of Italian prep spiciness, and further leafy, grassy, and musty hops.

The bubbles are present, and duly supportive, if nothing else, thankfully, the body an agreeable medium weight, and really rather smooth. It finishes just on the sweet side, the equally heady malt and hop players battling it out to a perfect detente.

A pretty hard follow-up to Dale's Pale Ale, but OB's is more than capable of following through - their obviously deviant nature aiding and abetting to no end. Tasty, heady, and enjoyable as hell to sip or slurp, all dependent on situation. Were that I could procure this on my home turf, at the very least to help recreate my GBAF 2013 experience.

Serving type: can

10-19-2013 04:21:24 | More by biboergosum
Photo of BMMillsy


3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice orange clear hue with good creamy head. Smells like pine and grapefruit with pineapple and candy sugar. Malty for an IPA, but very nice. Grapefruit is thr prominent flavor with some caramel malt flavor and a bit of lingering pine. Slick on the tongue and a little heavy. Good beer.

Serving type: can

10-17-2013 01:35:29 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of delta490


3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- a deep clear copper with a big foamy white head. Leaves big lacing.

S- big hops (pine, citrus, and floral) mix and mingle and are very enjoyable.

T- a little dialed back from how hoppy the aroma is. Still big hops but balanced against a nice malt backbone

M- a little thicker than usual but not bad, just unexpected.

O- a big flavor IPA that doesn't overwhelm

Serving type: can

10-16-2013 21:28:29 | More by delta490
Photo of danieelol


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange. Great head/lacing.

Nose is a slightly reserved pine. Think spicy Thai food.

Taste is a spicy hop bomb. Little bit of malt sweetness barely keeps it in balance. Big IPA here.

Mouthfeel is spicy- some malt FLAVOUR but no actual sweetness from it. Perhaps some creamy honeycomb.

Taste is a bit more spicy and even savoury, Summit-esque.

With the claimed 8% but a single IPA classification; this one's really in no man's land. I'd say the dry finish pushes it a little closer to single IPA and justifies the classification. Really interesting, spicy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 13:07:24 | More by danieelol
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can date February 2012; Sampled April 2012
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, nicely tan head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, concentrated copper color with red highlights that shows bright, almost metallic sheened, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells nicely dank with lots of pine, and herbaceous character, including a touch of chive character; this is backed by a tropical fruit character laden with lychee, kumquat and pineapple, but the dank herbal character is definitely the dominant note in the nose. While the aroma is aggressively hoppy, it is not over-the top hoppy as hints of cracker and biscuit like malt are just perceptible.

My first sip is bitingly bitter from the start through to the finish. The beer gets more herbal as it flows across my tongue and the finish has a lingering pine and perhaps hemp-like astringency and flavor to it. The body has some heft to it, it rests on the palate with some viscousnous, though it isn’t overly heavy. Bitter flowers, menthol, some garlic chive notes, a dense pine tar character, lots of dank dirty “hemp” notes, and softer notes of lychee, pineapple, and perhaps some kumquat form the dominant character in the flavor. There is just a touch of malt character noticeable underneath the hop onslaught, with touches of cracker like grain and perhaps a hint of biscuit like malt.

This is a little more dank and herbal / pine focused than I prefer in a hop bomb (I prefer them to be fruit-hop balanced), but this will definitely hit the spot for the hop heads out there (including me). If you are particularly sensitive to the chive / garlic / onion note found in some hops, then this may not be the beer for you; it doesn’t have too much of that character though, as I am able to enjoy it. It is likely that the aroma has dropped off a bit in the month and a half since this has been bottled, but the flavor is still scathingly hoppy.

Serving type: can

09-30-2013 02:32:32 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Fieldzy27


4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can, looks good in my pint glass with a rich tangerine color. Head is slightly off white with tiny bubbles and dense foam. Leaves sheets of lace as it falls.

Smell is full of juicy citrus hop aromas with hints of grassy notes. Smells like a good hop profile here, although could be a bit more assertive.

The taste is where this beer confuses me. It tastes amazing , as dales pales is one of my favorite beers I assumed I would like this one. But I feel they traded a hop forward pale for a hop subdued IPA. Hops are there and present in the flavor, but I would say the malt backbone is very prominent and the bitterness and citusy orange and lemon notes don't strike til the end. So nothing bad here but if your going to turn one of your flagships names into a "bigger beer" I would like to see it shine the way the base beer did.

Feel is luxurious and full. Very well done with perfect body.(without being heavy)

Overall good beer for a beer. Good beer for oskar blues, but I'm accustomed to them making amazing beer.

Serving type: can

09-28-2013 21:01:19 | More by Fieldzy27
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South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in Brevard NC.
Pour was deep amber with excellent clarity. White head was not large but had decent retention and left good lacing.
Aroma: sweet; herbal; fruity
Flavor: very hop forward but with well controlled bitterness (i.e., moderately bitter). More grapefruit than grapefruit rind in the finish. Plenty of caramel malts for balance.

Feel: very slightly harsh, but admirably so for a very hoppy 8% ABV ale.

O: Recommended IPA, especially if high hop aroma and flavor is sought without extreme bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 21:45:20 | More by chinchill
Photo of joeworrall


4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

sipping on a tall boy... poured from the 16 oz. can into a tulip glass.

gorgeous amber color with a nice head that settled to a thin foam cap... lovely citrus/floral aroma and flavor to match. Not over carbonated, but very pleasant balance of hops and malt. I tried samples of all the Oskar Blues beers at Total Wine & More and was most impressed with this one, though it was a close decision between Deviant Dale's IPA and G'Night Imperial IPA. Typically I prefer imperials, but this is so nicely balanced, I couldn't resist.

it's not cheap, a four pack of 16 oz. cans is $13, but it's well crafted enough to be worth it.

Serving type: can

09-21-2013 23:27:29 | More by joeworrall
Photo of far333


4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wdespread Panic fans should peruse the printing on the can.

Caramel orange color with a half inch thick head of thick and tight foam that lingers very long. Aroma of citrusy hops and doughy malt.

Rich flavor of tingly hops, full of ruby grapefruit, orange rind, and pine. Some faint mint notes, and a subtle malt backbone riding beneath. Good balance of malt and hops, but the hops ride on top and only let the malt poke through occasionally. Moderate bitterness.

Rich and full mouthfeel, finishes tingly, carbonation burps. Great beer.

Serving type: can

09-18-2013 23:52:55 | More by far333
Photo of brurevu


4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am surprised it is an IPA and not a Double IPA as it has a very smack you in the head Hop presence and fairly high abv for an IPA. On my first try it had a very dank and earthy hopiness that was a bit overwhelming. There was also a hint of blue cheese that turned me off a bit. Not to be discouraged I gave it another shot. The second time I was really digging all the earthy hops and even a hint of pine resin mixed into the brew. It was still a hop overload, but I was able to enjoy its assault on my palate. For an IPA this is definitely a gigantic hop bomb and won’t be for everyone. I was able to find my own personal love for Deviant Dale’s but can understand the love/hate relationship people have with it.

Serving type: can

09-18-2013 18:00:21 | More by brurevu
Photo of ISmith87


4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a TALL BOY! into a St. Louis Cardinals pint glass up to the rim with still a little bit in the can... I've never sat down and really slowed this beer down so I'm interested to see how it tastes when I'm really thinking about it.

Appearance - 4.5 - Really dark copper color, almost red in the pint glass. Thick film of off white bubbles on top sticks around.

Smell - 4.5 - Spicy, grapefruit, pine, garlic, onion.

Taste - 4.25 - Great tasting beer. Spicy garlic and onion but not overpowering, with strong grapefruit and pine to go with it. Actually pretty balanced with some bready/malty caramel in the background. Little bit of alc flavor but nothing too strong.

Mouthfeel - 4.25 - Light - medium mouthfeel like i'd say about pretty much any IPA. Little bit of alc flavor in there. After taste is some citrusy grapefruit type taste, with a little malt too.

Overall - 4.25 - Like the other Oscar Blues beers, it's awesome that this comes in a can, especially a tall boy! Brings me back to the days of Natty Light. It really is a great beer, but the price is what drags the overall score down for me. I just hate paying 12-13 bucks for a 4 pack of beer that's comparable to so many beers that cost 60% of what this costs. Oh well.

Serving type: can

09-14-2013 03:22:05 | More by ISmith87
Photo of mttaylor1066


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hoppy goodness contained in a tall boy can. A great "move up" IPA, if you're just getting into the style.

Pours a clear, light caramel color with a tall foamy head that persists. If you like a good bit of head on your beer, you'll like this ale.

This isn't the most aggressively aroma-hopped ale, but it's a contender. Grapefruit rind and blood orange aromas hit the nose. Mmmm. I like it!

Now that we've taken care of the olfactory, let's assault the palate with a substantial IBU count. This is another strongly hopped ale. But boy, does it taste good.

This ale isn't light, it has a lot of dextrinous compounds that give this ale a good weight on the tongue. Not a session ale, oh no.

Overall, a great West Coast style IPA. Buy a four pack of cans and don't plan on drinking them all in one evening.

Serving type: can

09-11-2013 22:05:27 | More by mttaylor1066
Photo of Cylinsier


4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a white film for a head.

Smells of rich caramel and maple malts with piney hops.

Caramel and maple sweetness mix with maple and pine hops with a rich buttered bread base.

Full body with a sting of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Fantastic, a real treat. Great flavor and perfect balance. One of the best strong IPAs for my money.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2013 14:37:41 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of Lothore


4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours an cloudy, deep orangey hue with an off white head that fades quickly.

S- Deep malty notes, wheat, caramel, pine.

T- Huge malt up front with a grapefruit like bitterness on the back end. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.

M- Thick and resiny with medium carbonation.

D- This is a huge beer that coats the tongue and stays there. Not an everyday drinker but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: can

08-29-2013 04:49:03 | More by Lothore
Photo of alaimoa


4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second time trying deviant dales from the same 4 pack. Drank from the can. Overall quite impressed and will have to add to one of my buyable IPAs list. Lingers on the border of a DIPA in my opinion. Spicy, nice bitterness that lingers and highly drinkable for an 8% ABV.

Upfront pine notes, spicy. Nice bite to it with a bitter and medium dryness type of finish. Sme people talk about a creamy mouthfeel but I disagree and get a more carbonated and medium thickness.. The old favorite HT, Pliny, Gandhi, MW, Flower power better but this is quite good

Serving type: can

08-27-2013 22:21:26 | More by alaimoa
Photo of u2carew


3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tall Boy Can
A) Pours with a finger thick white head. Tight and sticky. Mostly clear bronze body.
S) Quite aromatic. Blast of dry cascade hops. Some piney notes.
T) Bitter hop bite at the beginning that mellows by the finish. Leafy. Subtle hints of malty sweetness poke through. A mild lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste.
M) Medium body. Creamy. Dry in the finish. Some alcohol warmth.
O) A good IPA.

Serving type: can

08-25-2013 00:10:41 | More by u2carew
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3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a very good amount of head and my guess would be that it's going take a while to dissipate. The head is slightly off-white with hints of yellow while the body is a medium to dark amber that shows as a medium amber when held up to the light. Already a good amount of lacing left behind.

Nose- Very nice- warm and inviting. Grapefruit accompanied by an exquisite mustiness. A little stronger from the can than from the glass but both are quite nice. Notes of pine and resin linger in the background but grapefruit and other citrus are the dominant notes. The citrus seems to fade away and leave a nice soapy scent of pine and resin behind. All pretty classic.

Taste- Pine and resin on the front with a bit of mustiness. Some grapefruit but mostly papaya, spicy green fruit, and other tropicals. Some resin and woody bitterness ends the profile. While I like this beer, I feel that it is a bit simplistic. If Columbus hops are the only ones used, it would explain why this beer seems to lack complexity. Slight malt bill with some caramel but the flavor profile does seem to be dominated by the simplicity of a single strain of hops. I like Columbus but it seems a little too woody on the end. The citrus notes pretty much fade into the background. Some notes of honey, nectar, and flowers but I wish they were more prominent. Nevertheless, a solid beer- definitely above average but just another IPA, if you know what I mean. I have to be dazzled these days. No heat present. The woody bitterness shows itself to be well rounded and the beer, overall, shows a lot of balance.

Mouthfeel- Close to medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, some syrup to the texture.

Drinkability- Not the most complex IPA I've ever had but its simplicity has some positives. It is fairly sessionable for a 8% beer, which could be a problem for some.

Overall- Solid beer, good IPA. Worth a try. Won't change your world but is a quite accessible IPA that borders on being a DIPA. Funny how Oskar Blues is coy in regard to how they designate their beers. Dale's seems like an IPA and Deviant seems close to a DIPA. But I don't care as long as they make good beer.

Serving type: can

08-24-2013 04:03:49 | More by artoolemomo
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4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a vibrant orange with a half-finger white head that dissipated to a ring of white foam. Looks nice, but standard. It's an IPA look for sure. Scents of citrus pith, grape fruit and some pine and juniper-like notes. Pretty much what is expected for an American IPA. Just as inviting and pleasing as always. Flavors of grapefruit, citrus pith, a bit of pine and malt sweetness. It's quite bitter, and quite piney and citrusy, and with the malt sweetness drinks almost like a DIPA, rather than an IPA. Quite good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Good for an IPA, makes it easy to drink. Overall this is a good American IPA. Quite strong in the flavor department and very assertive, it showcases all the qualities I look for in an American IPA

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 01:34:31 | More by Auraan
Photo of Slackerville


3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A twist on a classic, like any brewery Oscar Blues needs to keep making new offerings. In terms of flavor, there is a significant syrupy component that is seemingly the norm for double IPAs these days. Lots of hop aroma but unfortunately most of the hop flavor and bitterness is offset by the unfermented sugars. One benefit of this extra sweetness is that the beer finishes somewhat smooth, balanced between sweet and bitter hoppy flavors once the palate adjusts.

This is the first time I have had this beer in cans. Served in a 16 oz 4 pack this is a lot of beer to drink on a day trip to the mountains or park. Oscar Blues has been doing cans for years so they have to figure they know how to do it right. Sitting around a campfire after a big adventure this beer is hard to beat but with its thick sweetness probably not the best beer to start an all day journey outside with.

Serving type: can

08-10-2013 02:21:35 | More by Slackerville
Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
90 out of 100 based on 2,306 ratings.